Employment Guide: How To Ace An Interview
Like many things, it’s easy when you know how. Here are our favourite tips for interview success…
Every action and every detail communicates something. The interviewer knows very little about you. Turning up on time and in appropriate attire indicates reliability.
The interviewer doesn’t just want to know that you can do the job. They also want to know that you can fit in. Simple people skills such as smiling and eye contact are crucial.
Not too much, not too little
Take your time with the questions, but not too much time. You need to look thoughtful but not slow. Keep your answers to the point (20 seconds max). Focus specifically on answering the question.
Once you get called for
Your background research will stand you in good stead. Even so, you should also prepare for some of the more common interview questions, such as: Why do you want to work here? Where do you see yourself in a year or two years etc? What’s so good about you? Yes, the questions are basic, so you need to make your answer stand out in a way that other interviewees won’t have. Your answers need to project you as professional, thoughtful, human and ideally, reflect how your top skills and attributes can be ‘put to work’.
The best way to end an interview is with a controlled ‘close’. Worst case scenario is to walk out of the interview only for the interviewer to think of something they needed to ask you but forgot. Asking a question like: ‘Is there any reason why I shouldn’t get the job’ can either prompt a reason – and an opportunity for you to correct their thinking by providing an example from your experience – or, fingers